An Additional sessions judge will pronounce the sentence in the Santosh Mane road rage case on Monday. Mane,the state transport bus driver,was held guilty of killing nine person and injuring 37 others last year.
On April 3,Additional Sessions Judge V K Shewale had convicted Mane in the infamous road rampage incident that took place on January 25,2012.
Before announcing the judgment,the judge will hear the argument by government district pleader Ujjwala Pawar and defence lawyer Dhananjay Mane. Pawar will seek stringent capital punishment or life imprisonment for Mane while defence lawyers will plead for minimum punishment citing him as the sole earning member of the family.
Mane has been held guilty under relevant sections,comprising murder,attempt to murder,theft and assault,of the Indian penal Code and also under sections of the Prevention of Public Property Damages Act.
On the morning of January 25,2012,Mane hijacked an ST bus from Swargate depot and went on a rampage killing people besides damaging over 25 vehicles. The police and citizens managed to stop the bus near Neelayam theatre bridge after a hot pursuit lasted 45 minutes on 15 km stretch.